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Streit rediscovering scoring touch

Mark Streit had a four-game point streak stopped

Mark Streit had a four-game point streak stopped in Tuesday night's 6-4 loss in Pittsburgh. (January 12, 2010) Photo Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

PITTSBURGH - Mark Streit set standards pretty high last season, his first for the Islanders, leading the team with 56 points and earning his first All-Star team selection.

Although Streit has not enjoyed quite the same success throughout the first half of this season, he has been heating up recently. The Swiss defenseman had a four-game point streak, including three goals in the previous four games, before being held scoreless last night against the Penguins.

"Sometimes you're battling a bit of yourself and you don't get the bounces, but I thought we played better as a team, so I just tried to do my part defensively," Streit said of the first half of the season. "I knew it was going to happen sometime. It's been a lot of fun in the past month."

Streit, who entered last night 13th in the league in scoring among defensemen with seven goals and 21 assists, is showing signs of continuing his offensive contributions from last season.

"I think he's moving his feet on the power play better and skating more, getting up in the play, and distributing the puck quicker to the open man so he can go,'' coach Scott Gordon said. "Part of it is also that forwards are playing better, so our defenseman are playing better."

Tough start for prospect

Islanders prospect Travis Hamonic, who injured his left shoulder during the World Junior Hockey Championships earlier this month, was in New York recently to seek a second opinion.

Hamonic, who comprised one half of Team Canada's top shutdown defensive pairing, suffered a Grade 3 separation and is expected to miss eight weeks.

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